My favorite comic show in the world happened about a month ago and I was lucky enough to once again have a table there. The Olympia Comics Festival was June 15th but I am just recovering from the hectic weeks and all-nighters that I had to pull to finish the 16 page mini comic in time for the show.
The Bennie mini comic was made entirely on my Ipad and printed on my Epson printer. There was no way I would have finished in time to send it to a real printer so I had to bite the bullet and use a crap-ton of ink and make a limited number of minis myself. Right now I am refining the original art and correcting mistakes so I can send it to the printer and make it a full sized comic with a new cover.
It was a great time as always, I met creators that were very talented and got to buy some of their work. Turnout seemed a little light this year, maybe because Father’s Day weekend? Even though I was a zombie from lack of sleep it still seemed to fly by. It is only a one day show and that works fine for me since I am still a little wary of the 3-4 day shows and the gas, hotel/ air B&B and bad road food bills that come with them.
After grabbing a life saving bite to eat, I attended the guest of honor signings at Danger Room, the sponsors of the festival. There I got to meet the great Emil Ferris, who’s book, My Favorite Thing is Monsters is not only a thing of beauty but incredibly moving. She was such a joy to speak with. It was my first time at the artist signing but I will make sure to always attend them in the future since they are very different from signings I have been to in the past where the person at the table sometimes barely makes eye contact, scrawls something on your book and sends you on your way. The guests here genuinely engage with the fans. It’s almost like everyone gets to interview the creator. And nobody in line gets impatient, they just wait their turn. Another beauty of the smaller shows.